My university (VK, *waves back!*) has dug up a lot of controversy this year. First, Bristol had to contend with a posh aristocratic girl on a reality TV show who argued that black people are “really bad”, condemned multicultural Britain and called lesbians “sinister”. Definitely a cocktail for intense press coverage and disaster.
Buchanan also said:
“Britain is a complete mess. I just don’t appreciate people coming into our country and taking over our culture.”
“I’m for the British Empire and things. I’m for slavery, but that’s never going to come back.”
Don’t even get me started on what she said about people coming into Britain and taking over the culture. There was a facebook campaign to get her barred from entering! I think she has been allowed entry because obviously you cannot stop someone from having poisonous views like that. I am one of the only ethnic minority students in Bristol University; I don’t think there are more than 50 black people at this university. How does she think it feels for us to for her to think like that and air her views like that?
How is it okay to call black people “really bad” or call lesbians “sinister”? I know many people have dismissed this girl as being thick, naive etc. But I don’t. I truly don’t see it as an off-hand comment or an off-colour one. She is a girl who was succumbed to racism. Racism doesn’t need to have KKK hoods or derogatory terms to be hurt people. Sometimes it is the seemingly “naive” comments such as the ones she made that cause even more damage. I find her offensive and people like her offensive because they seem to continue this belief that people living in Britain should just “shut-up” and “get on with it” and stop complaining because “they are not really racists”. Well, that is not good enough for me. I have lived here for almost 11 years. There is no way that comments like hers are irrelevant. They hint to the problematic nature of some people who do not want to discuss race relations because forgetting about it seems like a better option.
I am not talking about this to give Bristol University bad press. Some of the funniest and joke people are at the university. What I don’t like is this invisible rule like it is taboo to discuss race.